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Evofem at Critical Stretch with Potential New Birth Control

BIOTECH: Contraceptive Gel Is Part of CEO's Health Mission for WomenEvofem Biosciences wants to be the next big thing in birth control. After a long road, the San Diego biotech finds itself in a pivotal stretch.

Startups Claim Slice of a Changing Medical Device Market

HEALTH: $800 Billion Market Is Expected By 2030

The news coming out of San Diego’s medical device scene usually centers on the big dogs: Dexcom, ResMed and Nuvasive.

Alliance Healthcare Foundation Hires New Executive Director

Sarah Lyman has been hired as the executive director of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit that provides grants to nonprofits that boost health care access for those in need.

These San Diego Biotechs Fell Hard, But Managed to Bounce Back

Biotechs recover momentum after being written off

Once pegged as goners, San Diego life sciences companies like Neurocrine, Arena Pharmaceuticals and Tandem Diabetes Care made comebacks. Their stories shed light on how to weather an industry in which companies expand and contract like an accordion based on clinical trial results.

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Cradle Genomics Lands $17.1M Series A Round for Prenatal Testing

A startup led by former Illumina executives that wants to advance prenatal testing recently landed a $17.1 million series A round.

Trefoil Therapeutics Secures $28M Series A Round

San Diego biotech Trefoil Therapeutics recently brought in a $28 million series A round for work on vision diseases.

Analysts Stick By Illumina After Stock Sell-Off

Illumina analysts are still bullish on the company after a lowered revenue estimate prompted a stock sell-off.

StemoniX’s Growth Pushes It Into New Larger Facility

Its microOrgan Platform Provides More Human-Like Testing Opportunities

StemoniX — a San Diego biotech that grows micro organs from stem cells for drug testing — moved into a larger research facility this month.

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Scripps Research Leading International Partnership For HIV Vaccine

NIH Division Will Provide Grant of $129 Million

An international partnership led by Scripps Research on July 10 pulled in a $129 million grant to bring a potential HIV vaccination into clinical testing.

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UC Board of Regents To Receive $50M in Settlement From USC

It Was Alleged That School Poached Research Program; USC Admits Ethics Lapses

The University of Southern California will pay UC San Diego $50 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged USC improperly commandeered an Alzheimer’s

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Parkinson’s Disease Drug from Neurocrine Accepted for U.S. Review

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider giving marketing approval to Neurocrine Biosciences’ drug for Parkinson’s disease.

Illumina Shares Fall on Lower Revenue Expectations

Illumina’s stock fell 16% in after-hours trading after the company reduced its revenue expectations for the second quarter and the rest of 2019.

Scripps-Led Effort Receives $129M Grant for HIV Vaccine

An international partnership led by Scripps Research on July 10 pulled in a $129 million grant to bring a potential HIV vaccination into clinical testing.

Ra Medical Addresses Manufacturing Issues

BIOTECH: Legal Battle Is Ahead For Company

After a $66.3 million initial public offering in September of 2018, Ra Medical Systems has tumbled.

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Dementia Work Earns Bioengineer Recognition

Hsu Expands Gene Editing To RNA

A bioengineer at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies who is redirecting gene-editing technology to target dementia has been named toMIT Technology Review’s annual list of Innovators Under 35.

Conditions Improve for Proton Therapy Center

Facility Sees Uptick in Patients, Evolving Insurance Status

San Diego’s only proton therapy center has reported higher patient volumes following a campaign to reach more oncology practices and insurers slowly coming around to the cancer treatment.

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